Environment
The West is trading water for cash. The water is running out  PHYS.ORG · 27 minutes
When it comes to global warming's one-two punch of inundation and drought, the presence of too much water has had the most impact on... more
Laser-produced uranium plasma evolves into more complex species  PHYS.ORG · 1 hour
When energy is added to uranium under pressure, it creates a shock wave, and even a tiny sample will be vaporized like a small explosion. By using smaller, controlled explosions, physicists can... more
Scientists use a new method to track pollution from cooking  PHYS.ORG · 1 hour
Cooking organic aerosol (COA) is one of the most important primary sources of pollution in urban environments. There is growing evidence that exposure to cooking oil fumes is... more
Promising approaches in suicide prevention, and how to retreat from climate change  Science Magazine · 2 hours
Changing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline from 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK) to a three-digit number could save lives—especially when coupled with other strategies. Host Meagan... more
The case for retreat in the battle against climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 hours
With sea level rise and extreme weather threatening coastal communities, it's no longer a question of whether they are going to retreat; it's where, when and how. In... more
Image: Amazonian fires continue shrouding South America in smoke  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on August 21, 2019. Smoke from the fires raging in in the Amazon... more
Industry guidance touts untested tech as climate fix  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
Draft guidelines for how industry fights climate change promote the widespread use of untested technologies that experts fear could undermine efforts to slash planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, AFP can reveal. more
Geoengineering: 'Plan B' for the planet  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
Dismissed a decade ago as far-fetched and dangerous, schemes to tame global warming by engineering the climate have migrated from the margins of policy debates towards centre stage. more
The Latest: France halts Brazil trade deal over Amazon fires  ABC NEWS · 5 hours
France is accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and says it now opposes a trade deal with the South American bloc Mercosur... more
Big brains or big guts: Choose one  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
A global study comparing 2,062 birds finds that, in highly variable environments, birds tend to have either larger or smaller brains relative to their body size. Birds with smaller brains tend to use ecological... more
Q&A: Scientist models exoplanet's atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
In the search for life beyond our galaxy, many scientists have their eyes turned toward orbs like Earth: rocky planets. So after the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) detected a rocky planet slightly larger than Earth last fall,... more
Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspot  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
From a helicopter, Greenland's brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here—its whole population wouldn't fill a football stadium—are... more
Big brains or big guts: Choose one  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Big brains can help an animal mount quick, flexible behavioral responses to frequent or unexpected environmental changes. But some birds just don't need 'em. more
UQ researchers discover how our genes, environment influence BMI and height  NEWS MEDICAL · 9 hours
Environmental conditions influence our body mass index by increasing or decreasing the effect of inherited genetic variations, University of Queensland researchers have discovered. more
Public health officials unprepared for magnitude of heat waves and climate-related diseases  NEWS MEDICAL · 11 hours
An epidemic of chronic kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers worldwide, is just one of many ailments poised to... more
Climate change could pose extreme danger for Muslim pilgrimage, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 13 hours
For the world's estimated 1.8 billion Muslims — roughly one-quarter of the world population — making a pilgrimage to Mecca is considered a religious duty that... more
Health care workers unprepared for magnitude of climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 20 hours
An epidemic of chronic kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers worldwide, is just one of many ailments poised to strike as a result of climate... more
Lasers enable engineers to weld ceramics, no furnace required  SCIENCE DAILY · 20 hours
Smartphones that don't scratch or shatter. Metal-free pacemakers. Electronics for space and other harsh environments. These could all be made possible thanks to a new ceramic welding technology. The process... more
NASA's aqua satellite finds a weaker Chantal, now a depression  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
Over the last day, winds outside of Tropical Storm Chantal have been weakening the storm in the North Atlantic Ocean. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the storm... more
The Malaria Cell Atlas: Single parasite transcriptomes across the complete Plasmodium life cycle  Science Magazine · 23 hours
Malaria parasites adopt a remarkable variety of morphological life stages as they transition through multiple mammalian host and mosquito vector environments. We... more
Images from the surface of asteroid Ryugu show rocks similar to carbonaceous chondrite meteorites  Science Magazine · 23 hours
The near-Earth asteroid (162173) Ryugu is a 900-m-diameter dark object expected to contain primordial material from the solar nebula. The... more
The global soil community and its influence on biogeochemistry  Science Magazine · 23 hours
Soil organisms represent the most biologically diverse community on land and govern the turnover of the largest organic matter pool in the terrestrial biosphere. The highly complex nature of these... more
The case for retreat in the battle against climate change  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
When it comes to climate change, moving people and development away from at-risk areas can be viewed, not as a defeat, but as a smart strategy that allows... more
US environmental groups sue over wildlife protection rollbacks  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
US environmental groups have sued the administration of President Donald Trump over rollbacks that weaken the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with saving iconic species from the bald eagle to the... more
Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
Storm clouds rooted deep in Jupiter's atmosphere are affecting the planet's white zones and colorful belts, creating disturbances in their flow and even changing their color. more
Adaptation to life inside cattle may be driving E. coli to develop harmful features  PHYS.ORG · 24 hours
A large-scale study of the genetic differences and similarities among E. coli bacteria from cattle and humans indicates that features... more
A law just for Trump's presidency? California measure aims to protect state's environment  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
California is considering a far-reaching law that would lock current environmental protections into place and would only be in effect until the... more
Florida's oysters in Apalachicola, Cedar Key face climate threats to survival  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Climate change isn't a primary suspect in the stunning extermination of Apalachicola Bay oysters, a calamity pegged to a variety of atrocities. more
Detecting hydrothermal vents in volcanic lakes  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Geothermal manifestations at Earth's surface can be mapped and characterized by a variety of well-established exploration methods. However, mapping hydrothermal vents in aquatic environments is more challenging as conventional methods can no longer be applied. In... more
Water availability determines carbon uptake under climate warming: study  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration is the leading cause of greenhouse effects and global warming. Notably, rapid climate warming can, in turn, either increase or decrease land carbon uptake, leading to... more
Climate change will alter waves along half the world's coast  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
New research finds that a warming planet will also alter ocean waves along more than 50% of the world's coastlines. This research has significant implications for coastal flooding... more
Early life on Earth limited by enzyme  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A single enzyme found in early single-cell life forms could explain why oxygen levels in the atmosphere remained low for two billion years during the Proterozoic eon, preventing life colonizing land. more
Expert discusses the truth about plastic  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Plastic continues to make big news, especially in Connecticut where a single-use plastic bag fee took effect on August 1st. With estimates of 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic finding its way to the world's... more
Study: Climate change could pose danger for Muslim pilgrimage  MIT · 1 day
When the Hajj comes in summertime, in some years it may not be safe for participants to remain outdoors. more
NASA sees a lopsided Atlantic Tropical Storm Chantal form  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
NASA's Aqua satellite provided a view of newly formed Tropical Storm Chantal in the North Atlantic Ocean. The image revealed that the storm formed despite being battered by outside winds. more
Geologists get called 'dirty polluters', but we're needed to fight climate change  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
When people hear we are geologists, we are often asked if we have found any oil lately. Sadly—and wrongly—the most common view of geology... more
Ethiopia's future is tied to water— a vital yet threatened resource in a changing climate  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
In July Ethiopians planted 350 million trees in a single day. This was part of the country's national... more
Atacama Desert microbes may hold clues to life on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Microbial life on Mars may potentially be transported across the planet on dust particles carried by wind, according to a study conducted in the Atacama Desert in North... more
Rising summer heat could soon endanger travelers on annual Muslim pilgrimage  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Over two million Muslim travelers just finished the annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, traveling during some of the country's hottest weather. New research finds... more
Climate change could pose danger for Muslim pilgrimage: study  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
For the world's estimated 1.8 billion Muslims—roughly one-quarter of the world population—making a pilgrimage to Mecca is considered a religious duty that must be performed at least once in a... more
Switching on the Atlantic Ocean heat pump  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
34 million years ago the warm 'greenhouse climate' of the dinosaur age ended and the colder 'icehouse climate' of today commenced. Antarctica glaciated first and geological data imply that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation,... more
Switching on the Atlantic heat pump  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
34 million years ago, the warm greenhouse climate of the dinosaur age ended, and the colder icehouse climate of today commenced. Antarctica glaciated first, and geological data imply that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, the global... more
An Ice Age savannah corridor let large mammals spread across Southeast Asia  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
New research from the University of Tübingen indicates that the Thai-Malay Peninsula—where parts of Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand are located—was at least partly an... more
Global warming could make El Niño events less predictable  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests that as the planet continues to heat up due to the emission of greenhouse gases, it will become increasingly difficult... more
Earth is an exoplanet to aliens: This is what they'd see  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The study of exoplanets has matured considerably in the last 10 years. During this time, the majority of the over 4000 exoplanets currently known were discovered.... more
Green transition: The whole world can learn from a small town in Iceland  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Nowadays cities are quite unsustainable places. They consume a lot of the world's resources and account for more than half of the... more
Salt deposits on Mars hold clues to sources of ancient water  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
For centuries, miners have burrowed into the earth in search of salt—laid down in thick layers from ancient oceans long since evaporated. When scientists saw huge... more
Conflicting consequences of climate change for Arctic nesting geese  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Life over the last half-century has been pretty good for populations of Svalbard barnacle geese. A hunting ban implemented in the 1950s in their overwintering area in Scotland has led... more
Firefighters stabilise Canary Islands fire, most residents go home  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Most residents in the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria who were evacuated over a raging wildfire were able to return home Wednesday after firefighters aided by cooler temperatures and... more
Cold plasma treatment could rid homes of allergens  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Liverpool University researchers are investigating how cold atmospheric plasma can be incorporated into a device to help rid homes of allergens. more
Scientists use honey and wild salmon to trace industrial metals in the environment  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists have combined analyses from honey and salmon to show how lead from natural and industrial sources gets distributed throughout the environment.... more
Shift to more intense rains threatens historic Italian winery  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Wine lovers may appreciate a dry white, but a lack of steady rainfall brought on by a changing climate is threatening a centuries old winemaking tradition in Italy, according to... more
Ocean temperatures turbocharge April tornadoes over Great Plains region  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Do climate shifts influence tornados over North America? New research found that Pacific and Atlantic ocean temperatures in April can influence large-scale weather patterns as well as the frequency of... more
Shift to more intense rains threatens historic Italian winery  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Wine lovers may appreciate a dry white, but a lack of steady rainfall brought on by a changing climate is threatening a centuries old winemaking tradition in Italy, according to... more
Extreme wildfires threaten to turn boreal forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A research team investigated the impact of extreme fires on previously intact carbon stores by studying the soil and vegetation of the... more
North American April tornado occurrences linked to global sea surface temperature anomalies  Science Magazine · 2 days
Annual tornado occurrences over North America display large interannual variability and a statistical linkage to sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies. However, the underlying physical... more
Water scaling of ecosystem carbon cycle feedback to climate warming  Science Magazine · 2 days
It has been well established by field experiments that warming stimulates either net ecosystem carbon uptake or release, leading to negative or positive carbon cycle–climate change feedback, respectively.... more
Life on the thermodynamic edge: Respiratory growth of an acetotrophic methanogen  Science Magazine · 2 days
Although two-thirds of the nearly 1 billion metric tons of methane produced annually in Earth’s biosphere derives from acetate, the in situ process has escaped rigorous... more
Ocean temperatures turbocharge April tornadoes over Great Plains region  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New research, published in the journal Science Advances, has found that unusual ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific and Atlantic can drastically increase April tornado occurrences over the Great Plains... more
Babbling babies' behavior changes parents' speech  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New research shows baby babbling changes the way parents speak to their infants, suggesting that infants are shaping their own learning environments. more
Suppressed federal report shows how Trump water plan would endanger California salmon  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Federal officials suppressed a lengthy environmental document that details how one of California's unique salmon runs would be imperiled by Trump administration plans to... more
Forecasting dusty conditions months in advance  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A researcher has developed an advanced technique for forecasting dusty conditions months before they occur, promising transportation managers, climatologists and people suffering health issues much more time to prepare for dusty conditions. more
Environmental DNA proves the expansion of invasive crayfish habitats  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Environmental DNA (eDNA) has successfully proven the presence of invasive crayfish in almost all the small streams around Lake Akan in Japan, suggesting that eDNA analysis is an efficient and... more
Applying machine learning in intelligent weather consultation  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Weather forecasting is a typical problem of coupling big data with physical-process models, according to Prof. Pingwen Zhang, an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of the National Engineering Laboratory for Big Data... more
Climate scientists may not be the best communicators of climate threats  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The American public ranks scientists as some of the most trusted voices in the country. So it made sense for eminent climate scientists, such as James... more
Why we need new climate models  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Climate models are a success story, given that much of what they predicted has actually come true. Nevertheless, Reto Knutti points out in a blog post, researchers still need new models. more
Wave climate projections predict risks to Aussie coastlines  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers have mapped out how much waves are likely to change around the globe under climate change and found that if we can limit warming to 2 degrees, signals of wave climate... more
Mourning a dead glacier: How grieving over ecological destruction can help us face the climate crisis  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Death certificates and commemorative plaques aren't something you'd normally associate with a glacier. But that is... more
Fruit flies learn their body size once for an entire lifetime  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In order to orient themselves and survive in their environment, animals must develop a concept of their own body size. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz... more
Self-assembled membrane with water-continuous transport pathways for precise nanofiltration  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Self-assembled materials are attractive for next-generation materials, but their potential to assemble at the nanoscale and form nanostructures (cylinders, lamellae etc.) remains challenging. In a recent report, Xundu Feng and... more
A step closer to solving the methane mystery on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists have taken an important step towards revealing the mysterious source of methane on Mars, by refining estimates of the gas in the planet's atmosphere. more
Choosing trees with a liking for heavy metal  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Which species of trees should we be planting in the urban environment to best soak up pollutants containing toxic heavy metals? Stefanos Tsiaras of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Theano Samara of... more
Monitoring CO2 leakage sites on the ocean floor  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below the seabed could be an important strategy for mitigating climate change, according to some experts. However, scientists need a reliable way to monitor such sites for... more
What the climate crisis means for land rights  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The climate crisis will reshape our relationships to land around the world. Journalist David Wallace-Wells warns that, once the planet warms 2°C above preindustrial levels—the target set by the Paris Agreement—"major cities... more
Study suggests link between environmental pollution and increase in psychiatric disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Researchers are increasingly studying the effects of environmental insults on psychiatric and neurological conditions, motivated by emerging evidence from environmental events like the record-breaking smog that... more
Environmental DNA proves the expansion of invasive crayfish habitats  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Environmental DNA (eDNA) has successfully proven the presence of invasive crayfish in almost all the small streams around Lake Akan in Japan, suggesting that eDNA analysis is an efficient and... more
Monitoring CO2 leakage sites on the ocean floor  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below the seabed could be an important strategy for mitigating climate change, according to some experts. However, scientists need a reliable way to monitor such sites for... more
Urban stormwater could release contaminants to ground, surface waters  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A good rainstorm can make a city feel clean and revitalized. However, the substances that wash off of buildings, streets and sidewalks and down storm drains might not be so... more
Oceanographer reveals link between subseafloor life and global climate  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
University of Rhode Island oceanographer Steven D"Hondt and his collaborators have studied the microbial life that lives deep beneath the seafloor—including the rate at which it breathes and how much... more
To make lakes healthy, you first need the right recipe  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Pollution of lakes is a worldwide problem. Restoration attempts take a lot of time and effort, and even then, they might backfire. A team of researchers led by... more
Environmental pollution linked with increased prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
A new study led by University of Chicago researchers suggests a significant link between exposure to environmental pollution and an increase in the prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders. more
Ohio University scientists win $1.7 million grant for research on non-melanoma skin cancers  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has awarded Ohio University scientists Shiyong Wu and Lingying Tong a five-year $1.7 million grant to advance... more
Scientists unpack the history of Western France, written in 300 million year old rainwater  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
For the first time scientists have been able to reconstruct the chemical composition of rainwater from 300 million year old... more
Water pollution can reduce economic growth by a third: World Bank  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Heavily polluted water is reducing economic growth by up to a third in some countries, a World Bank report said Tuesday, calling for action to address... more
Scientists discover stardust in Antarctic snow  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A team of scientists hauled 500 kilograms of fresh snow back from Antarctica, melted it, and sifted through the particles that remained. Their analysis yielded a surprise: The snow held significant amounts of a form of... more
New tools to minimize risks in shared, augmented-reality environments  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Security researchers have created ShareAR, a toolkit that lets developers build collaborative and interactive features into AR apps without sacrificing their users' privacy and security. more
Is pollution linked to psychiatric disorders?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Researchers are increasingly studying the effects of environmental insults on psychiatric and neurological conditions, motivated by emerging evidence from environmental events like the record-breaking smog that choked New Delhi two years ago. The results suggests a... more
A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Researchers have developed a battery-free underwater communication system that uses near-zero power to transmit sensor data. The system could be used to monitor sea temperatures to study climate change and track marine life over long periods... more
Stone Age boat building site has been discovered underwater  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Researchers have discovered a new 8,000 year old structure 11 meters below sea level on the Isle of Wight. It is the most intact, wooden Middle Stone Age structure ever... more
Thomas Pesquet on a new underwater lunar adventure  ESA · 3 days
Over the next two weeks ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will take... more
The journey of pollen and the process of pollen dispersal  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
For allergy sufferers, the pollination period is a tough time, whereas for plants it is the opportunity to reproduce: in addition to the wind, insects, in particular, carry... more
Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomics  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biomedical engineering, ethics, health and environmental policy, law,... more
Scientists discover star dust in Antarctic snow  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A team of scientists hauled 500 kilograms of fresh snow back from Antarctica, melted it, and sifted through the particles that remained. Their analysis yielded a surprise: The snow held significant amounts of a... more
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